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Morning update: Friday, Nov. 4
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Goooooooooood morning, Madison!
Happy Friday, we've made it through the week. Congratulations to us.
Planning on voting early? If you’re not already registered to vote, you need to do so today to be able to vote early. You can register at any of these early voting locations. (Online and mail-in voter registration ended in October.)
Planning to vote on Nov. 8? You can register to vote on Election Day as long as you bring proof of residence documents and an acceptable voter ID.
Not sure if you're registered? You can check your status easily by entering your address here.
The latest Marquette Poll shows both Wisconsin's Senate and gubernatorial races are incredibly tight, so every vote counts.
We've compiled a bunch of helpful information in a voting guide.
Check your voter registration here.
Get the details on voter IDs here.
Meet the candidates here.
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🛍 There's still hope for the public market.
- If you'll recall: The city's long-awaited public market is facing a $5.2 million funding gap. The market was set to take over the two-story, 45,000-square-foot, city-owned building at 200 N. First St., which is currently used as a temporary men's homeless shelter. The space would feature food, arts, and entertainment year-round.
- The latest: A committee approved a budget amendment this week that — if approved by the full board of Dane County Supervisors — would provide $1.5 million in funding for the project. That funding, however, is contingent upon the city stepping up to fill the rest of the roughly $4 million gap, which is something Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has been reluctant to do.
- What's next? County Board Chair Patrick Miles was the one to initially propose the budget amendment. He told the Cap Times he's hopeful the County Board will support the proposal but has yet to hear from anyone at the city regarding the idea.
- Related reading: A dream deferred? It’s do or die time for the Madison Public Market (Isthmus)
🤧 RSV cases are on the rise in Wisconsin.
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus — more commonly referred to as RSV — is a major cause of respiratory illness across all age groups. Right now, the state is seeing a rise in cases among young kids.
- The unseasonably early spike in youth RSV cases is leading to empty schools and full hospitals across the state.
- The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is urging parents to watch out for RSV symptoms, which include runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and wheezing.
🚙 Detangling the hairball.
The city is slowly but surely working to re-vamp the so-called "hairball" intersection on Blair Street off John Nolen Drive.
Here's what's happened in the most recent update:
- Crosswalks east of Blair Street at Main Street and Railroad Street have reopened.
- Northbound traffic on John Nolen Drive will remain one lane but will shift to the northbound side of the road.
- Machinery Row access will shift to a new driveway.
The outbound lanes of East Washington Avenue, between Franklin Street and Blair Street, reopened last week. The Capital City Trail detour remains in place.
- Watch Out for These Convincing Financial Scams
- Budgeting 101
- Best Ways to Save for a Home Without Even Noticing
- Want to learn more? Bank of Sun Prairie's Financial Fitness Center offers 50+ digital short courses in English and Spanish.
🐠 Berke & Benham on Monroe is closing.
- The seafood shop opened at 1925 Monroe St. in June 2021. According to the State Journal, owner Jim Berke plans to move back to Chicago and cited rising costs as a contributing factor to the store's closure. The shop's last day will be Sunday.
- Berke previously worked as a fishmonger with the acclaimed Eataly and sought to bring sustainable seafood to the isthmus. "The viability of the business is there. It's just not great. So it was time to make a change," he told the news outlet.
🎮 Madison is hosting the state's first-ever esports tournament.
- Today at the Alliant Energy Center gamers will compete in the inaugural Wisconsin Games Alliance ESports Tournament. Teams of two will play Rocket League for a chance to win $2,500 in cash prizes.
- The tournament is part of the Midwest Game Dev Conference, which brings together top national video game developers, including some familiar names in Madison like Epic Games and Activision Blizzard.
🎓 Your lunchtime read: My Voice, My Vote: Student vote plays foundational role in decisive election.
- Via The Badger Herald: "'I felt like none of our voices were being heard and no one was getting the representation they deserved, so I put my hand in the ring.'
Juliana Bennett, who is studying business at the University of Wisconsin, first got involved in politics during the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, where she attended protests and eventually became an organizer. She, along with a few other UW students, organized the March on Madison that August. [...]
Bennett was elected as District 8 alderperson in April of 2021 [...]. Despite her intense involvement in city government as an elected official, Bennett hasn’t lost sight of her identity as a student at UW."
📅 Events: The weekend
- Act a Lady at Bartell Theatre
- Anna Tivel with Christopher Porterfield (of Field Report) at The Bur Oak
- Art and Gift Fair: Weekends at MMoCA at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- BAYNK at Liquid Madison
- DIG JAZZ 2022: The Donna Woodall Group at Arts + Literature Laboratory
- Exhibition Reception - T.L. Solien: Along the Way at Tandem Press
- Fall 2022 Exhibitions Reception at Overture Center
- Fashion Your Art Belt - Gallery Night at 100state
- The Ants and the Grasshopper at First Unitarian Society of Madison
- Gallery Night at multiple locations
- The Incredible Unique World of Art by Art Paul Schlosser at Mother Fools Coffee
- M+DEV Esports Tournament at Alliant Energy Center
- Monuments Reimagined: Contemporary Artists as Changemakers at Chazen Museum of Art
- TODD SNIDER at The Barrymore Theatre
- TOO MANY ZOOZ at Majestic Theatre
- New French Restorations at UW Cinematheque
- Madison Herb Fair at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Art and Gift Fair: Weekends at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Art of Note Celebration at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Autopilot at Dark Horse Artbar
- Black Royalty Ball at The Brink Lounge
- Bleu Clair at Liquid
- ECHOES OF POMPEII at The Barrymore Theatre
- Flannel Fest at Funk's Pub
- Hmong New Year at Alliant Energy Center
- K-POP Night at Majestic Theatre
- Madison's Big Sing at Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts)
- Midwest Vintage Flea Fall at Garver Feed Mill
- Sō Percussion with Caroline Shaw at Memorial Union
- Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar at Stoughton Opera House
- Winter Indoor Farmers Market at 804 Liberty Square
- Wisconsin Doomed & Stoned at High Noon Saloon
- Clem Snide at The Bur Oak
- First Sunday Brunch Jazz Piano Solo feat. Luke Leavitt at Cafe CODA
- Magdalena Bay at Majestic Theatre
🐶 Friday Floof
If you've made it this far in the newsletter, congratulations! It's time for some floof. Meet Bastain. According to his owner, this goober is "really sweet and extremely clumsy," which we can all find pretty relatable. His favorite temperature is zero degrees, making him perfectly suited for Wisconsin winters (if we get one this year).
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